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By P. J. Taylor, Feb 6 2018 12:29PM

So, I have received some very positive feedback to the ‘introduction’ and opening chapters to my new children’s book, There’s No Place Like Gnome. Hopefully, by the end of this week, I shall have edited Chapter Six. That will leave a further fourteen chapters to edit and then the process will begin again until I entirely happy that my new novel is as good as it can be. Detailed below is a further resume. This one covers the bearded Dwarf race.




DWARVES


Not usually more than four feet tall dwarves are much smaller than humans and look a great deal older too. Their noses are large, their eyes and ears are small and their faces rough and earthy looking. They live three times as long as humans and some dwarves have even been known to live long enough to celebrate their four hundredth birthday. Now, if you should ever be lucky enough to actually meet a dwarf be sure to remark upon their large, bushy beards. Dwarves take a lot of pride in their beards (the longer the beard the older the dwarf or so they say) which grow so long that quite often the dwarf has to tie his beard around his waist and use it as a belt. Dwarves are usually to be found deep within mountains as they love precious jewels and metals and like nothing more than spending their time constantly mining them from the rocks and then hiding them from potential thieves.


The ‘introduction’ and the opening chapters are currently with a couple of UK Agents. I doubt I’ll get any feedback or even a request for further chapters. However, if I should, the earliest I will probably hear anything will be in a couple of weeks time.


I do feel that the editing is going extremely well. I’ve tried to make the book quite scary for the younger readers whilst, at the same time, I’ve tried to make it quite funny for the more adult reader as well. Within the opening chapters our protagonist has already encountered some monsters and various goblins. Plus the tricky issue of health and safety within unlit tunnels and secret passages has been raised too.


Until next time . . .










By P. J. Taylor, Jan 22 2018 04:01PM

This week I have been busy editing the first three chapters to ‘There’s No Place like Gnome’ and Chapter 3 has proven to be a little bit more difficult than I would have liked. However, it should be finished very shortly.


Below is a warning from the fictional publishers of the book that will appear in the novel plus a description of one of the main races within the story. There are three races in total and I will upload a description of the other two over the next couple of weeks.


A Note About Magical Maelstrom Books


Magic Maelstrom books are not the same as regular books. They are magical and, in the wrong hands, can sometimes be dangerous and, on very occasions, fatal. The publishers at Magical Maelstrom books accepts no liability for any damage caused by naughty individuals* attempting to harness the magic held within these pages.


* by individuals we mean humans, elves, ogres, pixies, gnomes, kwerks, dwarves or any other kind of monster for that matter.


GOBLINS


Goblins can be found almost anywhere. They delight in causing pain and suffering to others and will often torture people just for their own amusement before throwing them in to their dungeons or putting them to work in their mines. Taller than a dwarf but shorter than a human, goblins have very dark green skin, large ears, large noses and even larger teeth which they hardly ever brush. They live in constant filth and never ever take baths or showers. Most goblins are very greedy and, at breakfast, dinner and tea, usually try to stuff as much food as they can down their throats until they’re sick just so the goblin sitting next to them goes without. Short tempered and foul mouthed some goblins will often steal from their own mothers jewellery boxes if they think they can get away with it.


This week I have also made time to begin reading Neal Spring’s new book, The Lost Village. It’s a ghost story and is a sequel to The Ghost Hunters. If you’ve not read the first book it’s worth picking up along with Neil Spring’s second book, The Watchers.


Otherwise, I have no further updates or news as I have been too busy editing, editing and editing.


Until next time . . .

By P. J. Taylor, Jan 9 2018 11:10AM

So, it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog with any real news. And that’s mainly because I’ve had no news to report plus I’ve had a few health issues too. With a bit of luck these issues will remain in 2017 and not raise their ugly heads in the forthcoming year.


However, I do have a couple of samples and/or bits and pieces from one of the books that I am currently working which I can share. The book is titled, The Dungeons of Doom or There’s No Place Like Gnome.


The first sample (below) will appear at the very front of the book. The author’s current name, however, will probably change before the book is finally completed.


‘About the Author


Augustus Crumplefoot is the successful author of more than twenty bestselling books including the hugely popular '101 Ways to Avoid Being Caught and Eaten by a Particularly Dumb Ogre', 'Another 101 Ways to Avoid Being Caught and Eaten by a Particularly Dumb Ogre' and 'If You're Ever Caught and Eaten by a Particularly Dumb Ogre then you Probably Deserved It'. For the last twenty years he has been living within the shadow of the Mountains of Madness with his cat, Colin, and his Owl, Roger. He does not take kindly to visitors unless they are accompanied by a particularly large packet of jelly babies or strawberry bonbons.’


At the front my new novel there is also a description of the three types of races that feature within the story. I will update this over the next few weeks. The book also comes with a warning to children which is below:


‘WARNING


Due to the contents within this book and after a number of unfortunate accidents that took place when it was first published within the southern Ogre kingdoms, Magical Maelstrom books are legally bound to make you aware of the following health and safety advice:-


DO NOT attempt to cast any spells yourself unless you are a wizard or wizardess who has attained at least a level five or higher in sorcery.


DO NOT consume any Slither Worm unless you have roasted it over a fire for at least ninety minutes and checked to ensure that the cooked worm is fully white throughout.


DO NOT attempt to fight any monsters yourself unless you are a Knight, Cavalier or Champion who has attained a level 10 or greater in swordsmanship.


DO NOT attempt to use swords, axes or any other type of weapon unless you have been to an official weapon school and have a certificate to prove it. A list of fully recognised weapon schools can be found in most kingdoms.


DO NOT talk to any strangers, goblins or fire-breathing dragons.’

Until next time . . .



By P. J. Taylor, Nov 8 2017 08:07AM

This week, I was thrilled to receive another 4 star review for my second book, Brian, the Alchemist & the Silver Dragon. This review has been updated at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brian-Alchemist-Silver-Dragon-Taylor/dp/1537041711/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510085525&sr=8-1&keywords=brian%2C+the+alchemist and also at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31522704-brian-the-alchemist-the-silver-dragon?ac=1&from_search=true. Here it is below:


‘I enjoyed revisiting these characters for another adventure, this one was a little gorier in places so would recommend parents read first if their child is of the more sensitive nature but I'm sure most children would probably flinch less than I did. Could have done without Ben's habit being described in as much detail but again kids will probably find it more amusing than I did as an adult reader. Lots of interesting twists and turns in the mysterious storyline to keep you guessing, in fact it kept me guessing longer than most adult thrillers do. Now to await book three to see if what Brian was told was true or not???’


I am still working on the third ‘Brian . . .’ book but, to be honest, I’ve had a bit of writer’s block in recent weeks. Because of this I have also been doing a bit of research for another children’s/young adult book that I am tinkering about with. And that research has involved ghosts. In particular, looking at different types of ghosts and rating the types of phantoms and hauntings from 1 to 5. I have also plotted some of the early chapters and some of the key plot points too. Interestingly, the main protagonist in this story will be a girl rather than a boy. There will also be other key characters within the book who come from the eighteenth century, the early twentieth century and also 1950’s. It’s been fun scouring the internet and learning about visitations, poltergeists and possessions. Now, I just have to write the darn thing.


Last weekend another book landed upon the pile of my ‘to read’ books. ‘Solaris’ by Stanislaw Lem. I’ve seen the film (the second version) with George Clooney and the book is meant to be a classic piece of sci-fi. So, I will try and read that shortly.


Until next time . . .

By P. J. Taylor, Oct 10 2017 03:21PM

There’s been a bit of a gap between my last blog and this new one. Nothing much has happened in my ‘writing life’ that you would be particularly interested in. I picked up another 5 star rating for ‘Brian, the Alchemist & the Silver Dragon’ via Goodreads and I’m still busy working on the third book if and when the mood takes me. To be honest I’m pretty pleased with what I’ve written so far. Currently, I’m on chapter four.


Incidentally, ‘Brian, the Alchemist & the Silver Dragon’ is currently being given away for free in a competition via a Goodreads. I believe it ends on the 14th October and if you would like to try and win a paperback copy of my latest book then, by all means, use the link below to enter the competition. You’ll be notified by Goodreads should you be lucky enough to win it.


https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/254211-brian-the-alchemist-the-silver-dragon


Next to my couch, I still have a pile of books that I need to read. I recently picked up ‘The Greatcoat’ by Helen Dunmore which, according to the blurb, was likened in some ways to ‘The Woman in Black’ by Susan Hill. Let me immediately assure you that there is absolutely no comparison at all. I read the book on a flight to the US and it was just awful (the book - not the flight). Whilst there was nothing wrong with the actual writing the story was just dreadful. Firstly, it’s theme was more about time travel rather than a spooky ghost story. It certainly wasn’t creepy and I didn’t particularly like the characters either I’m afraid. Quite why the female protagonist was so willing to accept a stranger into her house and then to also accept that she could suddenly travel in time as well? Anyway, I gave it two stars. I’ve never given a book one star. It would not only have to be an awful story with dreadful characters but the actual text would have to be poorly written with various mistakes littered throughout its manuscript for me to every award a book a single star.


Currently I’m reading ‘The Haunted Hotel’ by Wilkie Collins which is meant to be somewhat of a classic ghost story so I shall see how I get on. I’m enjoying it at the moment but I’ve only read about 20 pages in total.


Until next time . . .

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